Day 12 – Captive thoughts


Thoughts 350x350 Day 12   Captive thoughtsWe went to Week 5 of our Thursday evening Bible study class last night. The topic was ‘Humanity and Sin’ which seemed like it might be a heavy one. Funny how even the thought of talking about ‘sin’ feels heavy.

We sat and talked about the fall of the first Adam and how Jesus came to set us free from all that came when Adam gave away his dominion. We debated everything from the issue of pre-destination and free will to wether it was Adam or Eve’s fault for eating the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. It was excellent and we all walked away with some more understanding of the relationship between God and us and how sin doesn’t have a hold on us anymore.

One of the best things I walked out with was the reality that being ‘legalistic’ doesn’t achieve anything. The more the teacher spoke, the more the tears ran down my face. This often happens when the Holy Spirit pinpoints something in our lives that He knows is hurting us, and begins to help us be healed. It’s just such an amazing process. He knows what is going on in our lives that isn’t God’s best for us. Areas of hurt, unforgiveness, guilt, anger that slowly eat away at us and keep us from living the amazing life Jesus gave us.

I am reading ‘The Blessing of the Lord’ by Kenneth Copeland and in it he explains that we’re being transformed from the inside out…

And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit. 2 Cor 3:18 (Amp)

We try so hard to give up smoking by putting on a nicotine patch or going ‘cold turkey’ or whatever other ways there are. We try so hard to not get angry at the kids by trying all sorts of tricks and techniques, but in reality, all that we need to do is keep looking at Jesus. We just need to ask for the Holy Spirit’s help to keep our minds on what He did instead of what we’re doing and experiencing. As the penny was dropping in my thinking, the verses about taking our thoughts captive to Christ (2 Cor 10:5) and thinking on lovely things (Phi 4:8), came to mind.

The revelation that was dawning on me is that I am so legalistic with myself. Always trying to meet self-imposed deadlines, always setting goals and then feeling so condemned when I don’t reach them – and it’s ll because of legalism. The kicker is that Jesus did away with legalism and came to show us all about grace. All about love and rest and peace and Holy Spirit directed activity – not works! It’s the most amazing feeling when you get a revelation that you know will help you to stop doing something that is detrimental to you. It’s even better when you know that you don’t have to do it by yourself – that’s why the Holy Spirit is here to help!

I’ve learned over the years that when an issue is highlighted in my life, even though I know it’s going to hurt to look at and deal with it, I’d rather have it gone than hanging around any more. So, I have spent today just asking for help. Asking God to help me to be healed of this thing that is hurting me so much. Asking to be able to walk free of it and step into the next level of freedom that He has for me. Asking Him to help me to bring all of my thoughts into line with what God says about me and settle there. Phew…

I’d rather be looking at the Truth of what God says about me than the lies I’m being presented with. The Holy Spirit helps me to do this all the time. icon smile Day 12   Captive thoughts



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